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One of the earliest exponents of the short story, Prosper Mérimée wrote the universally-acclaimed tale Carmen, which provided the basis for one of the world's most popular operas. In addition to this classic tale, the book includes Colomba, Mateo Falcone, The Storming of the Redoubt, Tamango, The Etruscan Vase, The Game of Backgammon, The Venus of Ille and Lokis.
Paperback, Oxford World's Classics, 361 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press
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classic reverie
When I read a story, I will write the review under the title. This Kindle version is fantastic with footnotes and easy navigation which is important to Kindle readers.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
I love bad bitches, that's my fuckin' problem
- Prosper Mérimé-... er, A$AP Rocky

Mérimée loves bad bitches. Namely Carmen, Colomba, and the statuesque Venus d'Ille - the heroine-antagonist-exotics of his best stories in this collection. More generally, Mérimée is fascinated in his fiction by the clash between the civil and the savage. A champion of the ruffian hero, Mérimée's stories notably take place outside of his native France, in Spain, Italy, the sea: places which to him are still imbued
Dec 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
The first in a line of modern masters of the short story, Prosper Mérimée (1803-70) wrote about the dark forces at work beneath civilization's thin veneer.

In Carmen (1845), the tale from which Bizet's famous opera was drawn, Mérimée created a classic literary type: the femme fatale, who exploits her sexuality and air of mystery to ensnare and ultimately destroy the unwary. Like Carmen, his other 'long' tale, Colomba, mingles violent action and local colour with an ironic narrative style; Colomba
Mina Soare
This anthology contains:

A novella about true love, though one is infatuated and the other indifferent

First, I should have written this in French, but I have a while to go yet so I hope you'll bear with me.

To this day, the female seducer is a negative symbol: Venus/Aphrodite, Lillith, sirens, succubi. Godly or demonic, lore presents their power as most sordid.

Carmen is of their ilk, but human, vibrant and alive. Therein lies her charm, for one alive is to be bound by humanity. Thus, her
Aug 15, 2009 added it
Recommends it for: Lovers of lovers, even the mad ones.
Recommended to Wayne by: An extract in French class in 1964
In the 2003 Spanish film "Carmen"(there have been almost 2 dozen film renditions of Prosper Merimee's 1845 story - plus Bizet's opera!!), I am curious as to how many liberties have been taken. Which is why I need to reread the story
"Pain and love are our eternal teachers," says Prosper Merimee to Don Jose as he visits him in prison where he awaits garroting for murdering his own Great Love, Carmen.(Trouble was the feeling was not mutual. Carmen prefers Death to abandoning her own Will. She
Jason Furman
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some long stories and novellas from Prosper Mérimée, evidently representing much of the literary output in a career devoted to many other pursuits. The stories were all filled with drama, excitement, exoticism, betrayal, greed, death, and all the other elements of great opera--exemplified by the title story, Carmen, but also many of the others would lend themselves to similar operatic treatment. All of them enjoyable as adventure stories, probably none of them particularly insightful about real ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
favorite stories:

Carmen (bari crallisa!)
The Etruscan Vase (amusing)
The Game of Backgammon (love sucks and so do liars)
Colomba (vivacious femme fatale story; reminds me of the ladies from House Martell)
Lokis (a stark contrast to the other stories, great 'wtf' factor)

in comparison to Stendhal, especially since these two were buddies, you can see some similarities but in my opinion, Stendhal is a much more enjoyable read. if you like the opera Carmen, the short story alone (which is accessible
Dylan Rock
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fabulous edition of Prosper Mérimée stories filled to the brim with appendixs and explanatory notes. The stories themselves have lost some of their exotic flair they were written in a time when people seldom travelled beyond own countries boarders, however what they do offer is an excellent look at the past of the countries where Mérimée tales are set for both morden locals and foreigners
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm not an automatic fan of the short story form, but I have to say I really enjoyed these. There was something about the passionate tales combined with the slightly cool French style that I found very satisfying. And if you read "Carmen" and listen to the 1915 recording of the opera that was recently released, it will make you re-think this particular warhorse.
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carmen starts of well, with an elaborate framing structure, a strong sense of adventure, and an engaging narrative voice. Eventually, though, the narrow sensationalism of the femme fatale theme wears thin. Merimee’s novella is notable for its bold--for the era--use of sex and violence.
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just started reading Carmen today even though it has been on my shelf for over four years. It's a great story and I cannot put it down. Then again I like the opera, so it is fun to see the original story. READ IT!
Jul 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carmen, Etruscan Vase and Mateo Falcone are my favourites.

Classic French literature from the court of Napoleon III.... just what every household should have!
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, music
Lees het gewoon. 70 bladzijden, in deze versie, inclusief voetnoten en illustraties.
As you would expect from a collection of works, some are better than others, but I'd say there were more hits than misses.
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
L'amour est un oiseau rebelle, qui nul ne peux apprivoiser

Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Die Venus von Ille hat mir noch einigermaßen gefallen, aber den restlichen Novellen konnte ich gar nichts abgewinnen :/
James Violand
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
Carmen: A likable woman who doesn't know she is a fallen one. Selfish, yet determined, Carmen attracts men like nectar attracts bees. And she knows the power she wields. A good read.
Sep 02, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A gypsy love story, full of...gypsies and love.
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Prosper Mérimée was a French dramatist, historian, archaeologist, and short story writer. He is perhaps best known for his novella Carmen, which became the basis of Bizet's opera Carmen.
Mérimée loved mysticism, history, and the unusual, and may have been influenced by Charles Nodier (though he did not appreciate his works), the historical fiction popularised by Sir Walter Scott and the cruelty and